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:: Edge Of Darkness

A melding of drama, political/crime thriller coupled with a stoic and restrained performance by Mel Gibson allows the audience to appreciate the pervasive impact of Edge of Darkness and the undeniable sense of intrigue and mystery. An adaptation of the1985 television series, the film delves into the politics of nuclear warfare and national security. Following the death of Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic), Thomas ‘Tom’ Craven (Gibson) begins a personal investigation to discover the truth behind her untimely and violent demise. Danny Huston plays the political powerhouse antagonist, John ‘Jack’ Bennett. The distinction between good and evil is shrouded in grey – collapsed in a culture of deniability and uncertain accountability.

As with any good thriller, the story builds up tantalisingly slow, sucking you in. Information is uncovered when Craven uncovers it, allowing the audience to really empathise with his journey and to appreciate the almost-tangible tension, frustration and determination throughout. Mel Gibson’s portrayal of Craven is superb, expertly driving the emotion of the story onwards. In his first on-screen performance in four years since playing himself in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, Gibson maintains a quiet intensity throughout.

The score, written by Howard Shore, is truly remarkable. Mirroring the emotional state of Craven the orchestration lifts and falls in response. It expertly sustains tension with a delicate balance in texture and timbre. These elements combined have allowed director Martin Campbell to deliver a brilliant thriller, which blends the genre with drama and political intrigue. The unexpected twists and a strong climactic ending firmly propel this film to be a worthwhile watch.

DVD Extras

Deleted Scenes
Feauturettes
First Look Footage

The deleted scenes in the DVD extras don’t add much to the film as a whole, especially viewed on their own. But it’s always nice to see where they fit in with the rest of the film. The main part of the extra features is the numerous featurettes. Explanation about adapting the film, using Boston as the setting, bringing Mel Gibson back to the screen and commentary on the messages within the film and the value of human character are all found within. They are interesting viewing, and provide a lot of information to help put the film in perspective after you have watched it. Finally, a two minute First Look Footage is included. It is essentially a glorified trailer, and not entirely necessary as an extra feature.